Productivity

What does it mean to use technology productively? How do you use devices and computers with Windows, Android, or iOS? Which gadgets make your work easier? How to personalize the operating system and the gadgets that you are using?

What version of Java do I have installed? 3 Ways to learn the answer

The Java runtime software for Windows computers and devices is responsible for allowing us to run programs and apps that were developed using Java. Because many apps still use Java, you probably already have it installed on your Windows PC. Either because you've installed it in the...

How to use the new Address Bar from the Registry Editor in Windows 10

The Registry Editor is a small, geeky and powerful Windows tool and, for many years, nothing has changed in the way it works. It's more or less the same tool in Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7, with only some very minor visual changes in between. In the new Creators...

11 things you can do to fix webcam issues on Skype

Are you having problems with your webcam while using Skype? You can hear the people to whom you speak, but they can't see you? Or maybe the only thing they can see are blurred lines or gray images? Whether you use an external webcam that's connected to a USB port on your computer, or...

Reviewing ASUS VivoMini UN65U - A small PC with a big heart

Some people love a clean, tidy and clutter-free working space more than anything. If you're one of them and you do most of your work on the same desk every day, using a big desktop PC, you might want to consider the idea of buying an all-in-one or a mini PC to unclutter your...

Troubleshooting: Windows 10 Start Menu is stuck in full screen. Turn it off!

It may happen that you have a Windows 10 laptop or 2-in-1 device with a touchscreen that displays the Start Menu using the whole desktop, instead of just a portion of it. For some reason, the Start Menu went full screen and you are stuck with it like that. If you have...

How to view and use PDF, XPS and TIFF files with the Reader app in Windows

You've probably worked with a lot of PDF files. The format is user-friendly, easy to view and easy to print. The are a lot of apps capable of opening this type of file but few people know that there's an app developed by Microsoft for this purpose, called Reader, included...

Add the Control Panel and the Command Prompt to the WinX menu, in Windows 10

If you installed Windows 10 Creators Update on your computer or device, besides all the new features and options you get, you might have noticed that Microsoft decided to change some things which you probably used on a regular basis. One of these changes is the fact that the...

Simple questions: What are the F1, F2, F3 to F12 keyboard keys used for?

If you have used a computer, then you have also used a computer keyboard. And if that's true, you surely saw and probably also used its function keys. They are the F1, F2 to F12 keys that are found on the top row of most keyboards. Although you're likely to know what a few of...

How to use the Command Prompt to fix issues with your PC's boot records

You can use system recovery tools to fix most of your computer problems. However, there are times when you'll need to address such issues in a manual way, like, for example, when your Windows computer won't boot. In these cases, you can use a tool named Bootrec.exe. It can...

How to setup a system from scratch: the best order for installing everything

Do you have a brand new computer on which you need to install and configure everything: starting from the operating system to drivers, applications, plugins and so on? Do you need to delete everything from an "old" computer and reinstall all from scratch? If the answer is yes to...

Best free weather apps for Windows computers and devices

Ever hear the old saying "Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it?" Today, although we still can't change the weather, we have many ways of checking the forecast so we can at least be prepared for what's coming. Every operating system offers a...

What happens when you remove Internet Explorer from Windows?

Internet Explorer is such an integral part of Windows that, for some time, you couldn't remove it from Windows. This is not the case anymore and modern versions of Windows allow you to get rid of it, if you do not want to use it. But, what happens when you do that? Will Windows...

Top 8 must have add-ons for Internet Explorer

If you are one of those users who use Internet Explorer as their default browser, this guide is perfect for you. If you don't think that the basic features of this browser are enough, you can always install add-ons to enhance its operation. Unfortunately, the list of...

Fix problems that keep Windows from loading, with Startup Repair

Is your Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 computer or device unable to load the operating system successfully? Is Windows reporting missing or damaged system files? If that's the case, you should try to boot from a recovery drive and use the Startup Repair tool. It's the only tool...